Returning to Work as a Breastfeeding Mother

Prepare for Returning to Work in Your New Role as Mother.

This Class is designed to help you build confidence in your ability to breastfeed and to assist you in laying a strong foundation for returning to work. Topics include:
  • Making the Most of Your Maternity Leave
  • Choosing a Pump
  • How and When to Pump or Hand Express
  • Milk Storage
  • Feeding Preparation for the Breastfed Baby
  • Finding the Right Caregiver
  • Transitioning Back to Work
  • Setting the Scene and Creating a Routine at Work

Saturday September 28th  1-3pm

Cary Pediatrics 1001 Crescent Green  Cary, NC 27518

Classes Start This Week!

I am excited to begin my second childbirth class at Triangle Physicians for Women in Cary. It's a great space and the Docs and Midwives there have been gracious to open their doors to my Students. You needn't be a patient there to attend these classes- all are welcome!

This Wednesday we will start the 5 Week Childbirth Guidance Program. This course covers prenatal comfort measures through postpartum care and breastfeeding. Classes run 6-8pm

Next Monday Parents are invited to attend a Breastfeeding Basics course from 6-8:30pm. This class is a great way to learn about expectations, best practices and to gain confidence in breastfeeding your Nursling and supporting the Mother.

What My Daughter has Taught Me.

Pregnancy and Parenthood are humbling. I have learned more about my body and psyche in the past three years than I have in thirty five. I have tested the limits of my pain tolerance, patience and sanity and have survived to tell this tale. As we embrace the preschool years, here are some of the most extraordinary lessons I have learned from my daughter, Cora.

Embrace the Moment Cora closed her eyes and smiled dreamily while I pushed her on the swing. "What are you thinking about?" I asked. "Im flying" she said as she flapped her wings. She was completely in the moment and enjoying the wind flowing through her hair.

Be Confident in Your Awesomeness When some compliments Cora, she agrees and thanks them. At what age did I lose my graciousness and resort to countering with self deprecation? There is a marked difference between being humble and being hostile towards yourself.

Forgive Quickly Whether it's a toddler tantrum or a pint sized spat with friends, Cora rolls with it and quickly moves on. There are no grudges. As a New Mother, I am thankful that she does not hold on to the mistakes I have made.

Wonder in Everyday Miracles There is nothing more amazing than viewing the world through the lenses of a child. Everything is new, and the mundane are extraordinary to a person who has lived on this earth for only a few years. The feel of moss, a carwash, or simple grocery store errand can be an adventure when I join Cora on her level of wonderment.

Goofiness  Laughter releases so many feel good hormones. When was the last time you laughed until you gasped? Cora will often dance around the house naked, or sing a silly song, or smear food on her face and simply revel in her own comedy. Many times her antics are enough to make me belly laugh, but there are other times that I'll partake in her ballet with dolls, running crazily down the beach or having a tickle fight with my family.

Common Sense that Eludes Me Now Sleep When You're Tired. Eat Until Your Full. Exercise Through Living Life.

A Doula's Bag

Here are a few of my favorite things to pack when headed to a birth. It has been pared down as the
years have gone on and my confidence in techniques has grown. It's amazing what you can do with with a pool noodle, tube sock and flat sheet. Read on!
Flax Sock- I fill a tube sock with flax seed, knot the top and place in the microwave for 15-30 sec. It's an excellent heating pad that stays warm for quite some time. It also smells it's counterpart, the rice sock.
Rebozo (You can also use a sheet) Rebozos and similar woven wraps are used in Mexico and counterpressure to belly sifting, the rebozo is invaluable to my job of keeping Mother's comfortable. I teach rebozo techniques in my Comfort Measures Classes.
elsewhere as a comfort measure in pregnancy, throughout labor, and then to carry the babe. From

Lotion- Preferably, non greasy and unscented. Massage on the hands and feet as well as the scalp (with fingers or a brush) can be quite relaxing. Be sure to keep scents at a minimum as it's most unfortunate if a Mama becomes nauseated by a smell and is covered in the offending odor!
Squishy Ball- I use a soft ball for many things- from counter pressure to having Mom hold it for stress clenching.

Karissa and Penny Simkin
TENS Unit (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). These electrodes are attached to the Mother's back and attached to a TENS Unit specifically made for labor. The sensation can be intermittent or pulsing and Mom controls the intensity of the stimulation.
A Noodle- Excellent  for rubbing the entire width if the back at the same time. Simply cut a pool noodle to size.

Personal Items
Sustenance-  A Mother is only as well supported as her labor crew. It's essential that the team is  well fed and watered. I bring granola bars, Gu shots, honey sticks and of course water and coconut water for hydration. The Gu Shots and honey sticks are for Mama. For the sake of my clients I also bring mouthwash and deodorant.

Tunes-When I gave birth, my playlist was left home. Luckily a good friend of mine had some music and I remember distinctly how much I enjoyed hearing Bob Marleys "Three Little Birds" just when I was in the thick of it. For that reason I bring my iPad with many Pandora stations!

There are some other items here and there, and of course, as a Doula, I have the essential birthing ball in my car, but the above mentioned are packed at the top of my bag. The most important thing that a Doula brings with her is her knowledge, experience and confidence in the Woman she is serving- the rest is bells and whistles.

September Classes


Comfort Measures, A Refresher
Date:Thursday Sept 12, 6-8pm
Summary: This is a great supplementary class for those who have attended a childbirth program and wish to delve further into ways a Partner can assist Mom. It's also a perfect refresher for seasoned parents.
Childbirth Guidance Program
Date:Wednesdays Sept 18-Oct 16, 6-8pm
Summary: This comprehensive course covers the emotional & physical aspects of the prenatal, birth and postpartum journey to Parenthood. Topics Include: Anatomy & Physiology of Pregnancy and Birth; Comfort Measures in the Third Trimester; Identifying Labor; Comfort Measures in Labor & Relaxation Techniques; Empowering the Partner; Interventions; Advocacy; Breastfeeding & Postpartum care. 
Breastfeeding Basics
Date: September 16, 6-8:30   
Class Topics Include:
Physiology and Anatomy of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Positions
Latching on Baby
Expectations in the Fourth Trimester
Feeding Cues, Knowing When and How Much a Baby Nurses
Avoiding Common "Booby Traps"
Nursing in Public
A Partner's Role in The Breastfeeding Relationship